Senior Citizen's Guide to Washington County Spring/Summer Edition 2017 - page 19

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Housing
Personal Care Homes FAQs
What is Personal Care?
Personal Care promotes maximum independence
and dignity for each resident and encourages the
involvement of a resident’s family, neighbors, and
friends. Staff is available 24 hours to meet both
scheduled and unscheduled needs. Personal care
communities may also be called residential care
facilities, adult congregate living facilities, personal
care homes, catered living facilities, retirement homes,
homes for adults, or community residences.
Who lives in personal care communities?
It is estimated that one million Americans live in more
than 20,000 personal care communities. Personal care
residents can be young or old, affluent or low income,
frail or disabled. A typical resident is a woman in her
eighties, who needs extra help now and then, and is
either widowed or single. Residents may suffer from
Alzheimer’s disease or memory disorders, or may simply
need help with mobility, incontinence or other challenges.
Personal care is appropriate for someone who is too frail
to live at home or who wants extra support.
What types of residences are there?
Personal care residences can range from a purpose-
built, high-rise apartment complex to a converted
Victorian home to a renovated school. They may be
freestanding or housed with other options, such as
independent living or nursing care. There is no single
blueprint, because consumers’ preferences and needs
vary widely. Most residences have between 25 and
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